The DfE have recently reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs". The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have now been reiterated. At Miriam Lord these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Children at Miriam Lord Primary School have a voice, and they are provided with lots of opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have an elected School Council which meets regularly to discuss issues relating to the school. This council is representative of the school and is led by Mr Boyle (Assistant Headteacher). As well as this we have a Fair Trade Committee that is focused on looking at global issues surrounding fair trade and ensuring everyone gets a fair deal.
The importance of following rules and acting within the law are constantly reinforced through our school ethos and our Positive Behaviour and Discipline Policy. Pupils are taught the reasons behind such laws, how to take personal responsibility for how they act and the sanctions when laws/rules are broken. Visits from the Police and Fire Service help us to reinforce this message.
At Miriam Lord, children are encouraged to make their own choices, knowing that they can do so in a safe and secure environment. Children are provided with clear boundaries that they work within, but are empowered to take responsibility for their own actions. Learners understand their individual rights and freedoms through a range of curriculum activities, for example through e-safety lessons.
Children at Miriam Lord know that their behaviours and actions have an affect on the rights of others. All members of the school community treat themselves, their peers and adults with respect.
Miriam Lord Primary School is situated within an area that is not greatly culturally diverse, so we promote diversity throughout the curriculum and through activities such as 'Community Days'. Children visit places of worship and learn about different faiths in the curriculum.
At Miriam Lord Primary School we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including views that are of an 'extreme' nature.
We have read the Government's Paper on "Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in Schools" (November 2014). Please click on the following link to see the Departmental advice for maintained schools from the Department for Education.